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Seventeen days of adventure

I’ve long said being a grandfather is one of the great roles of my life.  These kids are smart, energetic, full of laughs and innocent as can be! Innocence is, in my opinion, one of the great strengths of childhood and should be protected, as long as possible, at all costs.

Our three grandchildren are on the move and so in the midst of that move they came to be with us for a few days of adventure.  We did lego, coloured, made crafts, ran through the sprinkler, ate freezies, had lots of cool snacks, went for walks, played with the peddle tractor, had the little cars out driving around the mat (in the shade), blew bubbles, played (toy) golf, read books, went out for kid’s meals, and played Barbies.

Did we do it all? Probably not but we sure did lots of great things. It was an adventure.  Did I say that already?

We managed to squeeze in a few days at the trailer too!  That included the pool, the beach, bbq’s and sleeping together in the trailer.  Did you know kid’s love using the toilet in a trailer?!

Here’s a small video from our time at the trailer!  You can see more on my channel.

 

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Camp Selkirk

Six years ago Wendy and I with Jason, Susan and Rachel went for a ride to visit Camp Selkirk – the place where for 5 summers we worked and lived to provide ministry to hundreds of kids.  We worked hard, very hard but loved it every day.

After our visit, I did up a short video of our experience which is posted here.

 

Even though this was six years ago, I’ve had a number of people, familiar with the camp ask if we’ve been back.  Here’s the day we did.

And just like that, it’s 2019

Another year has arrived – another birthday passed for me, another Christmas come and gone! We didn’t travel this year to the surprise of many of our friends.  Instead, we were home and were delighted to have Cath, Terry, Noah, Laura, and Mom with us for Christmas dinner. We haven’t been home for Christmas in many years – perhaps ten…not sure but it’s been a while.

It is really wonderful to be able to have family around and to share in such a meaningful and important meal! When do most families get together – it’s usually on high holidays and it’s usually around a table.  Wendy did a spectacular job of having everything perfect! The food, the table, the decorations – what a great setting!

We did have Jason with us for a few days as he prepares to start his internship in Ottawa.  That too was wonderful and cause for much celebration.

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But now it’s the new year and the return to routine is before us.

I was telling someone recently of the Sunday in Ottawa when during the morning meeting I heard the Lord – yes I really did – tell me to ask the congregation if there was someone with “a word for us”.  This was not a normal practice for me or for the corps people so I didn’t act on it.  After the service a man, visiting from out of town approached me looking for some company for lunch – long story short – at lunch with him He told me that he had awoken that morning in his hotel room, and though he had never been to a Salvation Army corps, the Lord told him to go to give us a message.

I was floored as I suddenly understood what God had been trying to do in our presence. We had just finished three very hard years of dealing with a horrible internal issue and we were looking for healing. On that Sunday he told me that we were to continue in our faithful ways and “a time of refreshing would be coming”.

I had no idea what that would look like, but indeed some months later a time of refreshing began through the most unlikely of people in the corps who shared her story of hurt and what she called “demons”.

I remember it vividly.

So now I am praying, that 2019 will be a time of refreshing – not for the corps or for The Army though that is needed, but for our family.

I found this video recently, not the best production but the lady has a wonderful voice and is singing a song, though old, is one of my favourites and I have been humming it for some time.  Enjoy.